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Should Licensed Gun Owners' Information be Public?

If you are licensed to own a gun, would you want your name and address publicized?

Should Licensed Gun Owners' Information be Public? Should Licensed Gun Owners' Information be Public?

A news publication in New York is under scrutiny for publishing the names and addresses of gun owners.  

Less than two weeks after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., the New York Journal News earlier this week published the names and addresses of local gun owners in three New York counties.  

A story titled, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," highlights the names and addresses of residents who are licensed to own handguns. The Journal News got the data through Freedom of Information Law requests, according to The Huffington Post

The Journal News reportedly requested the information from New York's Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, though the publication was only able to obtain the names and addresses of those who have a license to own a handgun. 

The move has drawn considerable criticism from readers. Some claim the article has put those named in danger, as they could expose law enforcement officials who are licensed to own guns. Others say it's a map for criminals to find targets where the owners don't own handguns.

What do you think? Should the Journal News have published that information if it is public? Or has this compromised the privacy and safety of those individuals who are licensed to own guns? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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